Medline & AMED

Medline & AMED
Library Class for TCM
 MEDLINE® is the U.S. National Library of Medicine's®
(NLM) premier bibliographic database that contains over 16
million biomedical journal articles. A distinctive feature of
MEDLINE is that the records are indexed with NLM's
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH®).
 Time coverage: 1950-
 Subject coverage: Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Veterinary
medicine, Allied health, Pre-clinical sciences
 Source: Currently, citations and abstracts.
Citations are from approximately 5,200 worldwide
journals in 37 languages.
Abstracts are included for more than 75% of the records.
Full text of some articles can be located by clicking SFX
 MeSH is the National Library of Medicine's controlled
vocabulary thesaurus. It consists of sets of terms naming
descriptors in a hierarchical structure that permits
searching at various levels of specificity.
 Each reference is associated with a set of MeSH terms that
describe the content of the record. Similarly, search queries
use MeSH vocabulary to find items on a desired topic.
Subject headings
at various levels
 There are 25,186 descriptors in 2009 MeSH. There are also
over 160,000 entry terms that assist in finding the most
appropriate MeSH Heading, for example, "Vitamin C" is an
entry term to "Ascorbic Acid."
 The Allied and Complementary Medicine Database (AMED)
is a unique bibliographic database produced by the Health
Care Information Service of the British Library. It covers a
selection of journals in complementary medicine, palliative
care, and several professions allied to medicine.
 Time coverage: 1985-
 Subject coverage: Complementary medicine, Physiotherapy,
Occupational therapy, Rehabilitation, Podiatry, Palliative care
 Source: Currently, citations from 596 journals mainly
European. Abstracts are included for the records published
from 1995 onwards. Full text of some articles can be located
via SFX.
 Each record includes controlled indexing terms using the
AMED Thesaurus based on MeSH (Medline indexing
terms). The software provided to search AMED usually
includes an option of searching using the thesaurus.
Ovid Medline
Advanced Search
Keyword search
 For example, find papers relating to acupuncture and
adverse events (or effects).
 Search Strategy:
acupuncture AND (adverse events OR adverse
 Tips:
find out synonyms for each keyword or phrase
use “*” for truncation , “?” replace one character
Advanced Search– Keyword search
Advanced Search– Keyword search
Some of the resulting papers are not relevant.
Advanced Search
Map to Subject Heading
 Find a Subject Heading in a relevant paper via Keyword
 Map term to Subject Heading: use a keyword or phrase to
find its Subject Heading
 Tips:
1. Click on a subject heading to view more general and more
specific terms within the tree.
2. Click on scope link to check the subject heading meaning.
Find a Subject Heading in a relevant paper.
Advanced Search– Map to Subject Heading
Use a keyword or phrase to find its Subject Heading
Advanced Search
Map to Subject Heading
 For example: find an article documenting spinal cord
puncture by acupuncture.
 Search strategy:
1. Find the Subject Heading relating on Spinal Cord Injury:
Spinal Cord Injuries
2. Find the Subject Heading relating on Acupuncture
Treatment and Adverse Events: Acupuncture
Therapy/ae [Adverse Effects]
3. Combine two search results with “AND”
Combine search results in Search History
Advanced Search – Author search
Author Search
 For example: Locate the abstract of a study conducted by
AJ Norheim published in 1994 on the complications of
acupuncture therapy.
 Search strategy:
1. Enter the Author's last name, a space, and first initial :
Norheim, AJ
2. Select the Publication Year: 1994
Select author name in Authors Index
Advanced Search
Title Search
 Enter a word or phrase to be searched in the title: Risks and
Practice and Traditional Chinese Medicine
for “Risks AssociatedWith the Practice of Traditional Chinese
Medicine: An Australian Study ”
SFX menu helps you find fulltext
Fulltext from other database
Refworks--bibliographic software
 Create a new account if you haven’t got:
Set a folder under the “Folders” in your Refworks.
Export the search results you’ve selected into Refworks and
put into the folder.
Selcet “Harvard UTS” Output Style into Favorites from
Output Style Manager.
Format a Bibliography from a List of References in Harvard
UTS style.
 Have a question? Welcome to ask librarians in Science and
Technology team:
Janet Chelliah
[email protected]
John Mueller
[email protected]
Patrick Tooth
[email protected]
Jane van Balen
[email protected]
Meijun Huang
M[email protected]
Ashley England
[email protected]
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